What At First Seemed Like Stubborn Tantrum Soon Turned Out To Be Serious Kidney ConditionGopinath is Ayyappan's 7-year-old son. Gopi, as he is fondly called, has spent most of his childhood in hospital beds instead of classrooms. Growing up, Gopi never ate any solid foods. What at first seemed like stubborn tantrum soon turned out to be a serious health concern. A scan in a local hospital in Thanjavur revealed massive kidney stones. Though the stones were removed, they have done severe damage to young Gopi's kidneys. Ayyappan was told his son will need dialysis at least thrice a week. Rs 1.25 lakhs were spent in less than 20 days. Ayyappan struggled find strength as he saw his little son coping with an ailment this grave.
Little Gopi and His Father Fought Through A Liver FailureIn March, the doctors said that the liver and heart were getting damaged due to Gopi's kidney condition. A liver transplant was the only way out. Luckily, Ayyappan turned out to be a match. On June 1, 2016, Gopi received a piece of his father's liver and a new life. Though the surgery was successful, it left Ayyappan with nothing.
A farmer by profession, he had to mortgage his 2 acres of land to pay for the piling hospital bills. But the father in him was happy. He had done everything a father could do to save his child. Gopi was showing signs of slow recovery. His wife's due date was coming closer. In the longest time, he was hopeful that the nights in hospital hallways would end soon.